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[kraw-ler] /ˈkrɔ lər/
a person or thing that crawls.
Also called crawler tractor. any of various large, heavy vehicles or machines that are propelled on endless belts or tracks, especially as used in construction.
Often, crawlers. a garment with long pants, short sleeves or suspender straps, and sometimes feet for a baby who does not yet walk.
Australian Slang. sycophant.
Origin of crawler
1640-50; 1925-30 for def 3; crawl1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • That still doesn't let you off for not belting that crawler with our six-inchers!

  • "There's one thing, if I ever fell in love with a man he'd have to be a man and not a crawler," said Dawn.

  • A swarm of children of every age, from the crawler upwards, was left in charge.

    Through Arctic Lapland Cutcliffe Hyne
  • He skidded the crawler ponderously to halt near the edge of the settlement.

    Student Body Floyd L. Wallace
  • The crawler behind the beast slid back into the hollow and disappeared.

    Two Knapsacks

    John Campbell
  • His crawler was soaked by the water in which he lived half his life.


    M. Leonora Eyles
  • Now, lets watch out, so that no crawler gets in close enough to start cutting the wire corral open.

  • They had taken one of the powerful longbows with them, in addition to their crossbows, and they killed a crawler with it one day.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • The bite of a crawler was poisonous, instantly paralyzing even to a unicorn, though not instantly killing them.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • And my young Claude being a cripple for life, 'is father kicking 'im when he was a crawler in one of 'is drunken fits.

    Workhouse Characters Margaret Wynne Nevinson
British Dictionary definitions for crawler


(slang) a servile flatterer
a person or animal that crawls
(US) an informal name for earthworm
a computer program that is capable of performing recursive searches on the Internet
(pl) a baby's overalls; rompers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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